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Hitter Scarcity Hypothesis

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In an effort to build upon my Hitter Scarcity Hypothesis - the move towards 12- and 13-man pitching staffs has necessarily depleted the free agent hitting pool, I wanted to see which players are already eligible at multiple positions. If the move towards 12+ pitchers per team continues, then I expect there to be efforts by major league teams towards having a Chone Figgins/Tony Phillips type utility player who can play every day at almost every position and be a valuable fantasy player.

Right now,the list of major league players eligible at more than one position based on one-game eligibily rules totals 104 ex-DH. Here is a list of those qualifying at four or more. (There are 40 with 3+ Postion Qualification (PQ):

PLAYER TM PQ
Rich Aurilia SF 123S
Willie Bloomquist SEA 23OS
Miguel Cairo NYY 123OS
Alberto Callaspo ARZ 23OS
Jamey Carroll COL 23OS
Mark DeRosa CHC 123O
Kevin Frandsen SF 23OS
Esteban German KC 23OS
Matt Kata TEX 123OS
Mark Loretta HOU 123S
Ramon Martinez LA 123S
Pablo Ozuna CWS 23OS
Ryan Theriot CHC 23OS
Wilson Valdez LA 23OS

If the change in pitching staffs becomes consensus, then I would expect this grow. It may take a year or two as teams refocus how they develop players, but I am interested to see if it occurs.